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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 2007, 11:33 am Thread Starter
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Old vs. New

I am trying to decide between a 2002 k1200rs that's available, or perhaps looking to find another 2002-2004 one, or possibly getting a new k1200r sport. I've not ridden either bike, but have ridden the new k1200s, and have had a couple of previous r bikes. I like the look of the rs over the new bikes, and of course they're less expensive. But, I think the new brakes are probably to my liking. The older model has plenty of power for me, so that's not really a consideration. I'm mostly interested in a bike that will ride comfortably at freeway speeds for a few hours or so, but also handle well at low speeds around town. So, can anyone give me any insight on how the rs and the r sport might compare? Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 2007, 7:01 am
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Don't do as I did but you may do as I would do in the future---I just jumped on a "00 K12RS as it was priced right and perfect stock --but if I was shopping I'd look at the guys that have a RS in the years from '99 -----'02 there are just hundreds that report great miles of good riding and no problems like you hear about on '03-'04 models and all the seal problems??? I really believe that the older bike was well sorted --last June I put 3427 miles and didn't put a half cup of oil in her to top off ----the luggage braket screws loosened up a bit ----does it get any better than that ? jim Did I mention how beautiful that bike is? She turns heads every time we go out on the street!!
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 2007, 8:11 am
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Any chance of testing bot bikes? Certainly it's easy to test a (new) K1200R Sport. Of course they are very different bikes; the new K1200 motor is incredible powerful (I rode the K1200S) but it doesn't have the silky smoothness of the older RS and GT K models.

And then there's the price....

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 2007, 8:25 am
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I also saw your post over at BMWRT... and in none of the replies yet has anyone mentioned the ergonomics.

You have not said your age, nor your riding style except to say a good bit of expressway etc.

IMO the S models are considerably more "Sport". The seating position is a lot more forward and down. You will have pressure on your wrists. If this is what you are coming from and like, you will be happy. I was not. I went for a 98 K12RS and even then modified it to raise the bars and bring the grips back.

But then, I am a touring type of guy, no commuting here. I do like the bike (the RS) in traffic. It is nimble, and easy.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 2007, 12:08 pm Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the comments. As far as ergonomics, I can say I was fine with my 1150rt, although I wouldn't have minded if it hadn't been so up right. I've never had or been a fan of real sport bike ergonomics. In fact, the bike I've always been most comfortable with is a HD softail. The more I think about the bikes, I think my decision will have to come down to whether I want to put more emphasis on freeway riding or around town riding. If it is for the freeway, it sounds like the rs is better. I did feel more comfortable around town, with stop and go, with the K 1200 s as opposed to the 1150 rt. I think it was the combination of the lower weight and less touchy brakes.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 2007, 8:29 pm
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Despite the S having more sportier ergos than the KRS, both my wife and I find our S more cormfortable on long trips than our KRS. We both get shoulder pain and leg cramps on the KRS but no problems with the S. At first, I was not sure about the S (I had a KRS too, previously) but after some significant miles, we both prefer the S. The K1200R has slightly higher bars, my wife is thinking about a K1200R-Sport too.

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